Dayton wants to recruit more female firefighters


Thirteen participants donned full firefighter gear and participated in seven different training stations where they practiced procedures such as EMS response, climbing of aerial and ground ladders, pipe movement, entry by housebreaking and search and rescue.

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Participants at the Dayton Fire Department Women’s Fire Camp participated in seven different training stations where they practiced procedures such as EMS response, aerial and ground ladder climbing, pipe movement , break and enter and search and rescue. AIMEE HANCOCK / STAFF

Participants at the Dayton Fire Department Women's Fire Camp participated in seven different training stations where they practiced procedures such as EMS response, aerial and ground ladder climbing, pipe movement , break and enter and search and rescue.  AIMEE HANCOCK / STAFF
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Participants at the Dayton Fire Department Women’s Fire Camp participated in seven different training stations where they practiced procedures such as EMS response, aerial and ground ladder climbing, pipe movement , break and enter and search and rescue. AIMEE HANCOCK / STAFF

Kilar Hughes, 18, a Fire Academy student at Sinclair Community College, attended Saturday’s event.

“I’ve known since I was 14 that I wanted to be a firefighter,” she says.

Hughes, from Kettering, said her experience as a lifeguard had helped her achieve her dream of becoming a firefighter.

“I’ve always dealt with paramedics and paramedics from the Kettering Fire Department, and they were always super cool and really kind and respectful,” she said.

The 137-foot aerial ladder on site on Saturday was the largest she has climbed so far.

“I was probably about 90 feet,” she said. “It was fun. The view up there is beautiful, and it’s a rush. It’s the most rewarding and humbling job at the same time.

Michelle Newton, 33, of Dayton, signed up for fire camp and said she knew she wanted to be a doctor since she was young. She said she thinks it is important for more women to enter the field.

“They need more women in these departments,” she said.

Newton said it was a bit intimidating to join a career field that has so few women, but noted that she didn’t feel like she was being treated any differently.

“It’s a huge thing – they don’t treat women any differently when you become a firefighter,” she said. “Like with any other career, you become a family, and it’s good to have that.”

To learn more, visit www.joindaytonfire.com.


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